Women Composers Bingo – Romantic Era

Happy Women’s History Month!!

Guess what that means?  It’s also time for my annual Women Composers Bingo!

The National Women’s History Alliance’s theme for 2023 is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories” – and I can’t think of a better way to do that than with music from the Romantic era, when character pieces, programmatic music, and compositions inspired by themes from art and literature were celebrated in salons and concert halls across the Western world.   

Women Composers Bingo - Women's History Month Activity

This was also a formative era for flute repertoire – Theobald Boehm patented his newly-designed silver flute in the mid-1800s, and commissions and technical methods from the Paris Conservatory set the stage for modern pedagogy and performance practice on the instrument we now know & love.  

This year’s bingo board features some of my favorite flute music from the 19th & early 20th centuries, prior to WWI.  However, I also wanted to give a broader picture of the types of music written by women from this era.  Women’s music is not a genre in itself – and these women composed everything from solo works to chamber music, cantatas, and symphonies.  Some of these pieces won prestigious awards from the dominant musical societies of the time, and others are notable for being the first of their kind published by a woman. 🥇

Women Composers Bingo - Romantic Era

Let’s Play!

This is a great activity for a flute studio or music history class, whether as a part of a group activity or as an individual listening assignment for students. 

To join in on the fun, download a PDF copy of the bingo board using the button below.  You can access the playlist by scanning the QR code that’s in the “free” space in the middle of the board or by clicking the link at the bottom of this post.  From my YouTube page, select the “Women Composers Bingo – 2023” playlist and hit shuffle – let me know if you get 5 in a row!! 😀

To view the full playlist, click on the three lines in the top left or the link in the title above the video. Happy listening!

Additional Bingo Boards and Playlists

A silver & gold flute lies diagonally across a map showing northern Africa, the Middle East, east Asia, and southeast Asia. Turquoise letters running diagonally across the photo read: "Celebrating Diversity in Classical Music."

Following the 2024 Women’s History Month theme of “women who advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion,” this playlist highlights chamber music & flute solos by women composers from underrepresented demographics in Western classical music.

Bingo board with white text on a dark teal background, with each square listing the title and composer of a classical music composition by a woman composer. The pieces are flute solos and chamber music featuring the flute, and the title reads: "Women Composers Bingo 2022: Flute Music by Women Compsers."

Celebrate Women’s History Month with a listening activity featuring flute solos and chamber music by women composers from the Baroque era to the present!